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Abenaki content creator Xavier Watso wins over TikTok Canada


Xavier Watso, 37, sees TikTok as a extension of his work as a teacher of dramatic arts at Louis-Riel high school in Montreal. He does not miss an opportunity to take a stand in support of Aboriginal communities.

As can be seen in one of his videos, he didn’t hesitate to teach with a red hand painted on his face. The objective was to make its students aware of the Wet’suwet’en demands in February 2020.

The Abenaki activist from Odanak also enjoys translating words or expressions into the Abenaki language, an approach that is both personal, identity and educational.

I am relearning my language. It was taken from my grandmother at the residential school. So she didn’t pass it on to my mother, and my mom couldn’t pass it on to me either.

A quote from Xavier watso

Followed by some 20,000 people on TikTok and 1,300 on Instagram, he will have the opportunity to further develop his network and his online presence.

Xavier Watso and 29 other content creators will follow around 30 hours of online training given by big names at TikTok, including Sherry Mckay (@ sherry.mckay), Brett Mooswa (@brettstoise) and Fawn Wood (@fawn .wood).

The trainers are already people that I follow on TikTok, he gets carried away.

The indigenous TikTok community is so tightly knit. When you see Indigenous content, you’ll immediately follow the creator. We help each other like that.

A quote from Xavier watso

Francophone wealth

The content creator also saw the program offered by TikTok Canada as a good networking opportunity. However, the discussions will be held in English, because he is the only French speaker and the only one in Quebec to have been selected for this accelerator.

I tell myself that I bring this color with French. It’s important to think about this aspect in Canada, and it must be said that francophones do very well on TikTok., he emphasizes.

Xavier Watso saw it for himself: while he was publishing content exclusively in English when he started out on the platform, his audience was approximately 60% Americans and 35% Canadians.

The remaining 5% were people from England, New Zealand, and Australia, among others.

% of Americans vs. 45% of Canadians “,” text “:” For two months, I have been doing TikTok in French, and my ratio is now 45% of Americans against 45% of Canadians “}}”>For two months, I have been doing TikTok in French, and my ratio is now 45% of Americans against 45% of Canadians, he mentions.

A tool for reconciliation

For Xavier Watso, social networks are an essential communication tool for indigenous communities.

Idle No More, Standing Rock, Wet’suwet’en, these are all movements that started from social networks, he emphasizes.

The high school teacher underlines in passing his admiration for Innu host and Indigenous rights activist Melissa Mollen-Dupuis, at the helm of the show Kuei! Kwe! on the airwaves of ICI Première.

He explains that, since 2008, social networks have allowed indigenous communities to get closer, to exchange, to share and to reconnect with each other.

We may have different cultures from one nation to another, but we recognize ourselves in the traumas we have experienced.

A quote from Xavier watso

When asked whether social networks could be useful in these times of reconciliation with indigenous peoples, Xavier Watso answers without hesitation in the affirmative.

With pedagogy, this is where you will succeed in changing the world, he mentions.

I think with TikTok, for real, I’m changing the world for the better.

A quote from Xavier watso
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